My second film of the Florida Film Festival today and third film overall was "The Exception". During the festival announcement, I mistook it for a Victorian romance, only to find out once I purchased my ticket that it was a wartime romance set against WWII. I decided to stick it out, though, and I ended up being happy about it.
The writing of the film is somewhat predictable. The twists and reveals can all be seen in advance. Still, the film does a very good job of building suspense at these points to where it doesn't really matter that they are predictable twists. The main characters of the film are all well-developed. This makes the film an interesting twist on a WWII film, as it is done through an unusual lens. I also loved the comedic relief in the film, which had me laughing quite hard when it happens. The film definitely focuses on the romance and character development over violence, and it works in the moments that aren't overly sexualized.
The film is also well-made. The cinematography is surprisingly good, with a lot of very nice shots to establish location. Costuming and set design are also especially impressive. The score is great too, with some interesting sound mixing elements used, such as the sound of a telegram, which creates a lot of tension. In addition, I was pleasantly surprised by the acting. Christopher Plummer was as great as was expected and completely nails his role. Lily James is strong in her role too, as is Eddie Marsan in a supporting role. The real surprise was Jai Courtney, who is often horrible, but delivers a very strong leading performance.
Overall, I found myself pleasantly surprised by "The Exception". It is an interesting and suspenseful wartime romance with a unique spin on the genre. If you like this type of film, this is a definite watch.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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